HEADLINE 12 missing after sand-mining vessel capsizes off Malaysia

HEADLINE

12 missing after sand-mining vessel capsizes off Malaysia

People's Daily app

13:52, March 21, 2018

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A sand mining vessel capsized Wednesday morning in the waters off Malaysia in the Malacca Strait, leaving at least 10 crew members missing, according to officials from the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

There were 18 crew members on the vessel, including one Malaysian, one Indonesian and 16 Chinese citizens. Three have been rescued, one was found dead and 11 remained missing, said MMEA.

The vessel, JBB RONG CHANG 8, carrying a Dominican flag according to a shipping tracking website "marinetraffic.com," capsized 8.5 nautical miles off Parit Jawa in southern Malaysian state of Johor.

MMEA received a distress call at around 8:50 a.m. local time and launched a search-and-rescue mission afterwards.  

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